Bringing Hops Home
My mother-in-law has grown hops at her house for me for the last several years. This year, I am establishing a small hop garden in my back yard. I started with two varieties: cascade and centennial.
They’ve been in the ground a bit more than a month at this point, and the cascades are really taking off. The plants are about 14 inches tall, and are growing every day.
When laying out my garden, I separated the two varieties by about 10 yards to prevent confusion at harvest time.
No, I haven’t tried swinging on the poles, since I’m pretty sure I’d knock them over, plus coordination can be a challenge for my 6’8″ frame. But I did have to do some funky moves to harvest the poles and get them into place.
Owning a large patch of trees allowed me to find a tall, skinny maple tree to use for the poles. The tree was probably about 40 feet tall, and I cut a 15-foot pole and a 14-foot pole. The tree was crowded where it was in our woods, so it grew tall and skinny.
I dug holes about 3 feet deep to anchor the poles in place, dropped the tree parts into place and compressed the dirt back into the holes. Hopefully they are secure enough, but I can make adjustments when problems arise.
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